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High school extra (April 26): Canisius pitcher impressive

Dallas stops St. Joe’s

With several major league scouts in attendance, Canisius left-hander Dan Dallas turned in a impressive pitching performance and drove in two runs Monday at Delaware Park, in leading the No. 1 ranked Crusaders to a 7-1 victory over St. Joe’s.

With scouts watching, Dallas struck out 14 and allowed four hits.

“He did a very good maintaining his poise because it could be a little nerve-wracking,” said Canisius coach Brian Tenney. “In five of the seven innings he got them out 1-2-3.”

St. Joe’s scored its run in the fifth when Dallas gave up a triple and double to start the inning but retired the next three batters.

Canisius (7-1, 3-0 Monsignor Martin) took the lead for good with three runs in the first when Zack Mitchell, who reached base four times, walked, stole second and came home on a triple by Dallas. A triple by Williams Lawrence drove home the second run. Andrew Slattery had two hits and scored twice for the winners.

Quakers edge WSW

Orchard Park (8-1, 6-0 ECIC 1), which shares the No. 1 large school baseball ranking in Western New York with Canisius, needed clutch relief pitching by Troy Banks and a walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth to edge West Seneca West, 6-5.

Banks, the Quakers’ shortstop, came on in relief and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. He also had three hits.

Jeff Palczewski led off the OP eighth with a walk and stole second. After Cole Hollins was walked, Koziol lined a 1-1 pitch to center field to win it.

Hamburg routs No. 1

“We just exploded today,” was the way Hamburg softball coach Rich Mattison described the action in the Bulldogs’ 21-8 triumph over No. 1 ranked large school Lancaster in ECIC I.

Hamburg pounded out 23 hits, including at 15 in an 11-run second inning to continue its impressive hitting this season. The Bulldogs have scored 11, 16 and 21 runs in their three victories, but an inexperienced pitching staff has allowed 12, 10 and 10 in three losses.

Lancaster took a 6-0 lead against Hamburg freshman right-hander Beth Eberhardt, who settled down and allowed only two runs the rest of the way.

Heather Haberman had a triple and home run Maggie Vesneske also homered and Maddie Ciccarella had two triples to lead the onslaught.

Alden wins showdown

Alden (8-0, 5-0 ECIC IV), behind the 1-hit pitching of Laura Kratzke won a showdown from Eden (7-2, 5-1 ECIC IV) and its pitcher Jill Murray taking the matchup of the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked small school softball teams, 3-1.

All the scoring came in the fourth inning. Eden’s run came in the top half of the inning. In the home half, a hit batsmen and single by Kratzke preceded a two-run single by Sara Pasternak. Anne Kocher’s second hit of the game drove in the third run.

Kratzke then retired nine of the last 10 batters in order, with the help of an outfield assist by right-fielder Alyssa Kozak, who threw out a runner trying to reach second base on an error.

Mercy tightens race

A three-team race has shaped up in Monsignor Martin Association girls lacrosse.

Mount Mercy (4-2, 3-1 Monsignor Martin) got four goals from junior Brigid Lempko and two more from senior Brigid Keane and held on to defeated Sacred Heart, 8-7. The Sharks fell to 3-1 overall, and 2-1 in league play.

Mount Mercy’s league loss was to Mount St. Mary, 6-4. Mount St. Mary had only one league loss, to Sacred Heart, 9-8, in overtime.

Mount Mercy goalie Bri Gawronski had eight saves in the victory. Mount Mercy led 7-3 before Sacred Heart rallied.

“They had us on our heels a little bit,” said Mercy coach Melissa Graham.

Legends top Amherst

Anna Orlando and Jenna Hagen scored four goals apiece as Lancaster (4-2) won its fourth without a loss against Section VI girls lacrosse opposition, defeating Amherst, 10-7, in a nonleague game.

The Legends got a strong defensive performance from Riley Lucarelli and Anna Donnelly who limited Amherst scoring threats McKenna Rushford and Chloe Cottone to one goal each and ended the Tigers three-game win streak.

Kenmore East tops West

Losing five games in a row isn’t fun, but Kenmore East’s baseball team earned some consolation Monday with a 7-3 victory over cross-town rival Kenmore West, putting a crimp in the Blue Devils’ Niagara Frontier League championship hopes.

The Bulldogs (2-5, 2-4 in NFL) got a complete game pitching performance from Dylan Creasey, Jamel Cash had a three-run double and Dylan Leith also drove in a run for Kenmore East.

“Nothing has gone our way recently,” Kenmore East coach Leslie Simon said, “but today our kids showed tremendous heart and total character in winning this game.”

Kenmore West is 4-2 in NFL play.

Lake Shore unbeaten

Lake Shore (5-0, 3-0) kept its record perfect in lacrosse with a 15-2 triumph over Niagara-Wheatfield. Jalyn Jimerson had four goals and an assist while Shayla Scanlan had a pair of goals and five assists.